I thought all the talk was how great he was looking this offseason. I guess it was all hype. Leftwich's thumb hurts Quarterback confirms pain exists in his passing hand, but plans to play. By BART HUBBUCH The Times-Union Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich confirmed Monday that he is experiencing continued pain in the thumb of his passing hand. Leftwich, though, insisted he would not let the pain in his right thumb limit him when the Jaguars open the regular season Sunday at the Buffalo Bills. Asked Monday if his thumb was feeling better, Leftwich said: "It will be.'' Leftwich injured his thumb when he hit it on a defender's helmet in the Jaguars' preseason victory over Tampa Bay two weeks ago. The pain appeared to affect Leftwich's throws in the final two exhibition games, and he admitted after last Thursday's preseason finale at New England that the injury to his hand was a factor. With Leftwich in the game, the starting offense produced no touchdowns in 18 preseason series, including no points in three possessions against New England's backups. Leftwich finished the exhibition schedule with a 57.6 rating. Leftwich also said he has been bothered by a cold in recent days but expressed confidence going into his first NFL regular-season opener as a starter. Leftwich also shrugged off calls by fans to bench him in favor of David Garrard or Quinn Gray after he struggled in the preseason. "Hopefully, the fans will listen when I tell them there's no need to worry,'' Leftwich said. "Evidently, they're not [happy, based on the uproar]. But there's nothing you can do about that. I can only worry about the things I can control. "I'm a fan of the game, too, so I understand how the fans think.''